NHL Lockout XXVI: 57 Hockey Channels (And Nothin' On)
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12-12-2012, 03:06 AM
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Since Bettman stated "anything less than a 48 game season would be unacceptable" last thursday, many have speculated January 20th was a subliminal message in regards to a "drop dead" date to have a season.
This time around, that would have to be a lot sooner, no? In 1994-95, there were twenty-six teams, since then the league has now grown to thirty. That is four extra teams to schedule in 48 games per team. Unless they want the SCF stretching into July, I believe they would have to get rolling much sooner.
I've been the forever optimist so far, but the pessimism is sure starting to take over. I think we're in the homestretch now, one way or the other. If there is no deal in place allowing New Year's Eve to be the start date, I wouldn't be surprised if the season is cancelled if/when the next round of cancellations occur, or shortly thereafter.
I'm really hoping this is the week we see something positive happen.
I would assume an agreement would have to be made by jan 5th-10th which leaves us less than 30 days to get a deal done.
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